cup

noun
\ ˈkəp \

Definition of cup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an open usually bowl-shaped drinking vessel

2a : a drinking vessel and its contents

b : the consecrated wine of the Communion

3 : something that falls to one's lot

4 : an ornamental cup offered as a prize (as in a championship)

5 : something resembling a cup: such as

a : a cup-shaped plant organ

b : an athletic supporter reinforced usually with plastic to provide extra protection to the wearer

c : either of two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts

d : the metal case inside a hole in golf also : the hole itself

6 : a usually iced beverage resembling punch but served from a pitcher rather than a bowl

7 : a half pint : eight fluid ounces

8 : a food served in a cup-shaped usually footed vessel a fruit cup

9 : the symbol ∪ indicating the union of two sets — compare cap sense 7

in one's cups

: drunk

cup

verb
cupped; cupping

Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to treat by cupping

2a : to curve into the shape of a cup cupped his hands around his mouth

b : to place in or as if in a cup

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Other words from cup

Noun

cuplike \ˈkəp-ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for cup

Synonyms: Noun

mug

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Examples of cup in a Sentence

Noun

Would you like another cup of tea? The winner will take home the cup.

Verb

He cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted at us. I had to cup my hand to my ear in order to hear him. He cupped his mouth with his hands and shouted at us. I sat with my chin cupped in my hand.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From Attman’s perspective, interest in finding new ways to sip from carryout cups is peaking. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 Luckily, Jameel probably doesn’t need his share of world cup pool money. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Rihanna Responds to Memes of Her Arguing With Boyfriend With a Meme of Her Own," 12 July 2018 Among the preparations, Centerplate, the stadium concessionaire, will buttress its concession stands with 50,000 extra bottles of water and will bring in 70,000 pounds of ice, which will be handed out in free 12-oz cups for water fountain refills. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift's Louisville concert," 29 June 2018 The teas come in distinctive tumbler-like cups or sleek cylindrical bottles. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Berkeley-based boba shop with Davis store to open in Downtown Commons," 25 June 2018 To make this recipe, pick or pack in about 2.5 cups of your favorite berries. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "5 Legit Breakfast Recipes for Camp," 21 June 2018 Don’t miss: One of the best cocktail destinations in the gay bar scene; enjoy something other than a pour-over drink in a plastic cup. Emma Silvers, San Francisco Chronicle, "Your guide to the best bars to hit on Pride weekend," 14 June 2018 The crew built the Dagobah swamp, doormen dressed as Stormtroopers and drinks were served in light-up cups that looked like lightsabers. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who let the dogs out? City Lounge in Cudahy opens dog-friendly beer garden," 30 May 2018 Or just stick to a beverage in the red cups waiting at the table that are reminiscent of a college kegger. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Norwegian Bliss carves up unique space in the cruise ship crowd," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One photo, taken on June 30, 1998, shows Kenny G playing the saxophone for two girls decked out in scrunchies and tie-dye; in the background, a man cups the cheeks of a woman grinning from ear to ear. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 1998 featured scrunchies, tie-dye and Widespread Panic," 28 June 2018 To double check, hold the shoe upright, cup your palm around the heel and try to fold the toe back toward the heel. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "11 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy Running Shoes," 8 July 2014 But when a veterinarian cupped Henrietta’s face in her hands, the puppy weakly thumped her tail. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Emaciated puppy found under pile of trash is fighting for her life," 13 July 2018 So when Guerra finally blew his whistle, defender Matt Besler squatted near the midfield stripe, balancing himself with his right hand while cupping his face with the left to hide the tears. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "As World Cup looms, U.S. players still lament loss in Trinidad," 7 May 2018 The crescendo came when Rory sank an uphill 50-foot-long birdie putt on the eighth hole and let out a thunderous roar, cupping his ear and yelling at the partisan American crowd. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "Ryder Cup rematch? Rory McIlroy vs. Patrick Reed in Masters Sunday final pair," 7 Apr. 2018 Peony Varieties That Bloom From Early To Midseason Stardust: single flowers with shining white petals cupped around golden stamens bloom on strong tall stems early in the season. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Gorgeous Peonies," 9 Mar. 2017 To show Santana that Neymar was crying tears of happiness, Rodrigues took Santana’s hands and cupped them to his face. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Blind and Deaf Soccer Fan Celebrates Team's World Cup Victory with Help from Interpreter," 28 June 2018 Another person who witnessed the encounter saw no hug, but did see Mr. Gifford cupping Ms. Redstone’s chin and speaking to her in a demeaning paternal manner. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Shari Redstone’s Path to Power," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cup

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cup

Noun

Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cupa tub — more at hive

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cup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small round container that often has a handle and that is used for drinking liquids (such as tea and coffee)

: the liquid that is contained in a cup

: a unit of measurement that is used when you are cooking

cup

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

: to curve (your hand) into the shape of a cup

: to put your hand in a curved shape around (something)

cup

noun
\ ˈkəp \

Kids Definition of cup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a container to drink out of in the shape of a small bowl usually with a handle

2 : the contents of a small drinking container : cupful I drank a cup of tea.

3 : a unit of measure that equals half a pint or eight fluid ounces

4 : a trophy in the shape of a cup with two handles

5 : something like a small bowl in shape or use I picked her up in the cup of my hands … —Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

cup

verb
cupped; cupping

Kids Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to curve the hand or hands into the shape of a small bowl

2 : to put the hands in a curved shape around She cupped my face.

cup

noun
\ ˈkəp \

Medical Definition of cup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually open bowl-shaped drinking vessel often having a handle and a stem and base and sometimes a lid

2 : a drinking vessel and its contents : the beverage or food contained in a cup a second cup of coffee

3 : something resembling a cup invagination of the blastula to form a multilayered cellular cup : as

a(1) : an athletic supporter reinforced for providing extra protection to the wearer in certain strenuous sports (as boxing, hockey, or football)

(2) : either of the two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts

b : a small bell-shaped glass formerly used in cupping

c : a cap of metal or plastic shaped like the femoral head and used in plastic reconstruction of the hip joint

cup

verb
cupped; cupping

Medical Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat by cupping

intransitive verb

: to undergo or perform cupping

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